Polk Street is a thriving neighborhood and commercial corridor that serves an important transportation function for San Francisco. It also has some of the highest pedestrian and bicycle collision rates in the City. On average, one person walking and one person biking are hit by a vehicle each month on Polk Street (122 in a five-year period).
For years, Polk Street has been the site of many traffic-related injuries and the corridor is currently on San Francisco’s Vision Zero High Injury Network. This network represents 12 percent of San Francisco’s surface streets and is where injuries, including severe and fatal injuries, are most concentrated.
San Francisco's Vision Zero policy calls for eliminating traffic-related fatalities by 2024.
The corridor is not only the designated street for the #No. 19 Muni bus line; it also is a preferred north-south bicycle route due to its flatter terrain. Polk Street also is a popular place for people to walk.
The Polk Streetscape Project was designed to enable safe access for all road users of all ages and abilities. Through community input and technical evaluation, the proposed design includes corridor-wide safety improvements and additional streetscape amenities at key locations.
Partnering on the project are San Francisco Public Works, San Francisco Planning Department, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.
The Polk Streetscape Project aims to increase safety for people walking and biking on Polk Street, as well as improve the efficiency of transit on the corridor. This project will build on Polk Street's vibrant commercial character by improving safety and transportation choices.
Upcoming improvements on Polk Street between Beach and McAllister streets and nearby alleyways will include repaving, street base repair, sidewalk corner bulb-outs, to shorten the crossing distance, ADA-compliant curb ramp upgrades, Muni bus stop optimization; such as bus stop consolidation or relocation, bus bulb-outs for easier boarding, and left and right turn lanes to improve traffic flow, raised cycle tracks, green bike lanes, sewer replacements, water line replacement, traffic signal upgrades, high visibility crosswalks, better visibility at crosswalks, commercial-loading improvements, landscaping, tree planting, street lighting and alley enhancements to Fern Alley, to enhance the pedestrian and bicyclist experience with the creation of a well-lit plaza atmosphere, widening of the existing sidewalk, decorative asphalt, raised crosswalks, traffic calming measures and planting of palm trees.
To help achieve these improvements, the design necessitates the removal of 106 parking spaces along the Polk Street corridor and 28 spaces on side streets.
Polk Street from McAllister Street to Beach Street
Redwood Street, Polk Street to Van Ness Avenue
Elm Street, Polk Street to Van Ness Avenue
Willow Street, Polk Street to Larkin Street
Olive Street, Polk Street to Van Ness Avenue
Alice B. Toklas Place, Polk Street to Van Ness Avenue
Hemlock Street, Polk Street to Van Ness Avenue
Fern Street, Polk Street to Larkin Street Alleyway Improvement
Austin Street, Polk Street to Van Ness Avenue
Frank Norris Street, Polk Street to Larkin Street
Chestnut Street, Polk Street to Van Ness Avenue
North Point Street, Van Ness Avenue to Larkin Street
Visit bit.ly/PolkStreetscapeMap for additional details about the project.
Community outreach and planning phase: August 2012 - March 2014
Environmental review: September 2014 - January 2015
Engineering public hearing: January 30, 2015
SFMTA Board of Director approvals: March 3, 2015
Detailed Design: Spring 2015 - Winter 2015/2016
Construction: October 2016 - 2018
Austin Alley - Polk Streetscape Community Meeting: Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 7pm
Lower Polk Neighbors Community Meeting
First Congregational Church of San Francisco
1300 Polk Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
The Polk Streetscape Project is anticipated to be completed in six segments. Please note that the following construction durations for each segment are approximate estimates and are subject to change. The projected construction schedule is as follows*:
Segment 5: October 2016 - September 2017
Segment 4: November 2016 - November 2017
Segment 3: August 2017 - April 2018
Segment 2: September 2017 - June 2018
Segment 1: March 2018 - July 2018
Segment 6: May 2018 - August 2018
*Please note that the construction schedule is subject to change due to rain, equipment breakdown, and/or unforeseen field conditions. Please see posted "No Parking" barricade signs for exact parking restrictions. Parking restrictions may vary per block.
12.01.17: Crews have demobilized from the majority of Polk Street south of Filbert Street in observance of the Holiday Moratorium. Crews will continue to work on Polk Street at the intersection of and north of Filbert Street and in some alleyways south of Filbert. This past week, crews have worked on water main installation work on Hemlock in segment 2, bus pad installation work at the SE corner of Polk and Lombard and curb ramp installation work at the intersections of Polk and Lombard and Polk and Filbert. Work will resume on Polk Street south of Filbert Street on January 2, 2018. Crews anticipate working at the intersection of Polk and Union the weekends of December 2 and December 9, 2017 to complete sewer main installation work.
11.07.17: Crews have completed catch basin work at the intersection of Polk and Bay, curb ramp installation work at the NW corner of Polk and Union and the SW corner of Polk and Broadway, street base work on Polk between California and Pine and bus pad installation work at the NW corner of Polk and Lombard, NW corner of Polk and Union and SW corner of Polk and Broadway. Bus pads require a curing period of 10 days and the curing period is anticipated to be completed by 11/10. Crews have also begun street light foundation installation work at Polk and Union and PG&E work on Polk between Broadway and Vallejo and between Pacific and Broadway.
The week of November 06, 2017, crews will continue with curb ramp work at the SW and NW corners of Polk and Broadway and the NW and SE corners of Polk and Union. Crews will begin street base installation work on Polk between Vallejo and Filbert. Street base work is anticipated to continue through Friday 11/10/17. Starting on 11/08/17, crews will begin catch basin and culvert work at the intersection of Polk and Sutter and continue with catch basin, culvert and manhole installation work at the NW corner of Polk and Sutter through 11/17/17. Crews anticipate working the weekend of 11/11 - 11/12 to perform 15" sewer main installation work on Polk between Union and Filbert streets. Crews will begin PG&E conduit work on Polk between Broadway to Vallejo, Pacific to Broadway, Pacific to Jackson, Jackson to Washington and Washington to Clay.
The week of November 13, 2017, crews will continue curb ramp work at the NW corner of Polk and Broadway and the SW and NE corners of Polk and Jackson. Crews will continue catch basin, culvert and manhole installation work at the NW corner of Polk and Sutter and will begin street base installation work on Polk between Filbert and Bay and between Union to Filbert starting on Monday, 11/13/17 and will continue through Friday, 11/17/17. Crews anticipate possibly working the weekend of 11/17 - 11/18 to continue street base installation work on Polk between Union and Filbert. Curb ramp installation work will begin on Wednesday, 11/15/17 at the SE and NW corners of Polk and Clay and will begin on Friday, 11/17/17 at the SE corner of Polk and Jackson. Crews will also continue PG&E conduit work on Polk between Pacific to Jackson, Jackson to Washington and Washington to Clay and will begin street light work at Polk and North Point Street starting Friday, 11/17/17.
The week of November 20, 2017, crews will continue curb ramp work at the SE and NW corners of Polk and Clay and the SE corner of Polk and Jackson. Crews will also begin bus pad installation work at the SE corner of Polk and Lombard on Monday, 11/20/17. Street light installation work at Polk and North Point street will continue through Wednesday, 11/22/17.
Crews DO NOT anticipate working on Thursday 11/23/17 or Friday, 11/24/17.
Crews will wrap up remaining work and prepare to demobilize from Polk Street between Filbert and Post streets in preparation for the holiday moratorium. All construction activity on Polk Street south of Filbert Street will be put on hold starting Thursday, November 23, 2017 to Monday, January 1, 2018. Construction activity will resume south of Filbert Street starting on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.
Construction activity in non-moratorium areas, i.e. Polk Street, between North Point and Filbert Street, will resume on Monday, 11/27/17.
10.27.17: Crews have completed sewer main installation work on Polk between Post and Sutter streets and bus pad installation work at the NW corner of Polk and Union and curb ramp installation work at the SW and NE corners of Polk and Filbert and the NE corner of Polk and Pacific. Crews began catch basin work at the NE, SE and SW corners of Polk and Bay and anticipate working on these corners through the following week.
09.22.17: NOTICE: San Francisco Water Department crews will be performing water service connection work beyond normal working hours the evening of Wednesday, 09/27/2017 at the intersection of Polk and Francisco from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM. To report any water related issues or emergencies, please call 3-1-1 or call 415-550-4956 or visit www.sfwater.org/nightshift.
Wednesday 9/13: Roadway grinding on North Point Street, from Van Ness Avenue to Larkin Street and on Polk from Beach Street to Bay Street in preparation for paving activity. (Work hours are 8 AM to 5 PM)
Thursday 9/14: Paving of North Point Street from Van Ness to Larkin Street (Work hours are 7 AM to 5 PM)
Friday 9/15: Paving of Polk from Beach Street to Bay Street (Work hours are 8 AM to 5 PM)
*Please note that construction schedules are subject to change or delays due to weather, construction related issues or other unforeseen field conditions.
Work hours are 8 AM to 5 PM. Residential driveway and garage access on North Point between Van Ness Avenue and Larkin Street and on Polk between Beach Street and Bay Street will be maintained at all times during paving activity, but please note that there may be possible delays to enter or exit your garage or driveway as crews work to make the roadway safe to drive on. Pedestrian right of ways and sidewalks ways will be open and maintained at all times.
Major construction activity will be complete for segment 5 once paving is complete. Remaining work on North Point will include minor traffic signal upgrade work, ADA curb ramp installation and traffic striping, which is anticipated to be completed by SFMTA approximately two-four weeks after final paving is complete.
09.11.17: San Francisco Water Department crews completed water service conneciton work Monday Night at Polk and Filbert and at Polk and Chestnut. Crews are continuing with concrete flat work, which include curb ramps and bus pads, in segment 4 at various locations. Crews will also continue with sewer main installation work on Polk Street from California to Pine in segment 3.
09.05.17: San Francisco Water Department will be on-site beyond normal work hours of 8 AM - 5 PM performing evening water connection work on Tuesday, 9/5/17 from 5 PM - 9 PM at the intersections of North Point and Van Ness Avenue and North Point and Larkin streets. Please note that construction schedules are subject to change or delays due to weather, unforeseen field conditions or any other construction related issues. For any water related issues or emergencies, please call 3-1-1 or 415-550-4956.
Upcoming Night Work to be performed by San Francisco Water Department: Monday, 9/11/17 from 8 PM - 11:55 PM at the intersection of Polk and Filbert and from 10 PM - 2 AM at the intersection of Polk and Chestnut.
08.28.17: San Francisco Water Department crews will be on-site at the NW corner of Polk and Bay streets the evening of Monday 08/28/2017 from 6 PM to 8 PM to complete water connection work. San Francisco Water Department crews anticipate completing work by 8 PM. Call 3-1-1 to report any water related issues or emergencies.
Crews will begin bus pad installation work on monday August 28, 2017 at the SW corner of Polk and North Point, followed by a 10 day curing period. Crews will also perform water connection and change over work and curb ramp work at the intersections of Polk and Bonita and Polk and Green in segment 4. Crews will continue 33" sewer main installation work on Polk between Pine and California in segment 3. Crews will NOT be working on Monday, September 4, 2017 in observance of Labor Day. Crews will resume work on Tuesday, September 5, 2017. Paving on North Point Street, from Van Ness Avenue to Larkin Street and on Polk from North Point to Beach is anticipated to occur between 9/12/17 - 9/14/17.
Construction activity in segment 3 will kick off with the start of sewer installation work on Polk between California and Pine streets starting the week of 07/31 08/07. Crews have also already begun man hole excavation work at the Polk Street intersections of Pacific and Broadway streets. Construction of man holes at these intersections is also anticipated to begin the week of 07/31.
07.17.17: Crews are wrapping up water work in segment 4 and have begun curb ramp work at Polk and Chestnut streets. Crews also began street light upgrade and pole installation work between Union and Vallejo on Friday, July 14, 2017. During the week of July 17th, crews will continue streetlight upgrade work in segment 4 on Polk between Union and Vallejo streets. Street light upgrade work is anticipated to continue through Friday, July 21st. Crews anticipate starting concrete work on North Point Street starting Monday July 24th, beginning with bus pad installation work at Polk and North Point Street and parking strip work on the south side of North Point Street. Crews anticipate starting construction activity in Segment 3 starting the week of July 24th, beginning with manhole excavation and construction work on Polk at the intersections of Pacific and Broadway, and sewer main installation work on Polk between Pine and California streets starting the week of July 31st.
Construction Update Archive
This project was made possible in part by Proposition K Sales Tax dollars provided by the San Francisco County Transportation Authority.
This project is also partially funded by:
2011 Road Paving and Street Safety Bond (Prop B)
2014 Transportation and Road Improvement Bond (Prop A)
Proposition K - Your Sales Tax Dollars at Work
PUC Wastewater Bond Fund
PUC Water Enterprise Bond Fund
SFMTA Revenue Bond
Lower Polk Neighbors
Lower Polk Community Benefit District
The Polk Street Traffic Signal Upgrade Project began construction in January 2017 and has completed installation of new traffic signals at nine intersections along Polk Street from Union to Post streets.
Intersections include: Union, Broadway, Pacific, Jackson, Washington, Clay, Sacramento, California, Post
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